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Nanny’s Banana Pudding

I have three indelible memories of my Nanny (my mom’s mom) and cooking. The first two revolve around holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve I have always spent with my Mom’s side of the family in my Nanny’s home. Thanksgiving found my Nanny with a faded apron in the kitchen with the turkey and all the trimmings. Christmas Eve it was the same apron, but this time a ham occupied the oven and all the cousins ran thru the house with glee at the mounds of gifts awaiting us downstairs. My third memory is possibly my favorite. It involves weekend adventures at the cabin with just Nanny and my best childhood (and adulthood) friends. Also bananas, Nilla wafers and pudding. Isn’t my Nanny the most adorable 85-year-old you’ve ever seen?

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Classic Tapioca

My dad’s absolute favorite dessert is tapioca. I remember once as a kid, my grandma made it for him and put it in a flower-pot. She covered the top with crushed Oreos and added gummy worms too. Why do I remember that so vividly? Probably because of my father’s delight when he realized there was creamy delicious pudding underneath the chocolate cookies. He was like a kid on Christmas morning. It was awesome. I remembered this morning that my husband loves tapioca too, and (gasp!) we’ve been married almost 10 years and I don’t think I’ve ever made it for him. So, I picked up a box of the pearly rice and made this recipe for him. This is not the same as is found on the side of the red box. Tapioca requires constant stirring – so for those of you with kiddos…wait until they are sleeping to attempt making this. Guaranteed if they are awake they’ll require your assistance or referee skills right when it starts boiling, or when you’re mixing the hot liquid with the eggs. That’s just how kids work. Come on, you know what I’m talkin’ about. [Read more…]

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